College bursaries, lectures and prizes

Administrative charges for prize

  • Category A - where a Faculty, SiG or Division takes complete responsibility for a prize and the Department of Professional Standards is involved only in providing initial guidance on setting up a prize, no administrative charge need be included in the prize costings.
  • Category B - where the Department of Professional Standards is involved in additional administrative work, including the invitation of prizewinners to the Annual Meeting presentation ceremony, a charge of £200 will be made.
  • Category C - where the Department of Professional Standards provides ALL administrative services, including the above, in the administration of a College prize - this could include setting up examinations, finding examiners etc,the administrative charge will be £300.

If applicable, these costs should be included within the budget accompanying the prize proposal.


A proposal should be sent to the
Dean, c/o the Department of Professional Standards
Royal College of Psychiatrists
21 Prescot Street
London E1 8BB

This needs to include:

  • a full description of the prize
  • the target audience
  • the value
  • how often the prize will be awarded
  • justification for the establishment of such a prize
  • who would be able to apply
  • whether the proposal is for a College prize or a Faculty, SiG or Divisional prize
  • who would examine entries for the prize
  • a suggested closing date

Further information

An initial budget will need to be prepared. This should be done by working with Department of Professional Standards (who will consult the College's Finance Department and Treasurer, as necessary) - it may be necessary to include administrative charges.

This will bee looked at by the Treasurer via the Finance Management Committee and, if necessary, by Council.

The final proposal is sent for consideration to the Education & Training Committee, whose remit is to make sure that the objectives of the prize are valid, educationally sound and that appropriately named.

Please note that we have decided prizes shouldn't be named after living persons. 

If the Education & Training Committee approves the prize, full details will be included in the Prizes Booklet, which is available on the College website.

Examiners for all College prizes must be approved by the Education & Training Committee. 

If a prize is created by a Faculty, SiG or Division, Examiners will need to be approved by the Faculty, SiG or Division concerned and reported to the Education & Training Committee for information.

A proposal must be sent to the Dean who will, if appropriate, refer the matter to the Education & Training Committee.

This needs to include:

  • a full description and purpose of the lecture
  • the target audience
  • details of funding (if appropriate)
  • how often the lecture would be given
  • justification for creating this lecture

A preliminary budget should be created by working with the Department of Professional Standards (who will consult the College's Finance Department and Treasurer, as necessary).

A copy of the proposal will be sent to the Finance Management Committee.

Following discussion at this Committee, a copy will be forwarded to the Programmes and Meetings Committee for consideration.

Details of the lecture will be sent to the Education, Training & Standards Committee.

If the Education raining and Standards Committee approves the setting up of the lecture, full details will be included in the Lectures Booklet which is available on the College website.

Please see the individual SiG,Devolved Nations, Faculties and Divisions pages.

The prize was set up in 1989 from funds donated in the memory of the late Dr Morris Markowe, Honorary Fellow, and Registrar of the Royal College of Psychiatrists from 1972-78.

An award of  £1,000 will be made in 2019 to the winner. 

The prize is open to all members of the College, including trainees.

Entries for the Prize are limited to one a year. Joint entries are accepted, so long as one of the authors is a member of the College, or a trainee.

Terms and conditions:

The prize is awarded annually for:

An original article on a psychiatric topic of approximately 1,000 words, aimed at the general public and suitable for publication in a national/local newspaper, lay journal, or on the web. 


An article on a psychiatric topic of approximately 1,000 words, aimed at the general public and published in the last year (between May and April annually) in a national/local newspaper, lay journal, or on the internet An article on a psychiatric topic of approximately 1,000 words, aimed at the general public, commissioned by the Public Education Committee for publication in a national/local newspaper, lay journal, or on the web. 

Entries will be judged on their readability, originality and newsworthiness from the viewpoint of the general public or lay reader, by chosen members of the College’s Public Education Committee.

Entries should indicate whether they have been edited for publication.

Members who submit entries for the Morris Markowe Prize will be considered for membership of the Public Education Editorial Board.

This Board produces the College's award-winning mental health information materials.

Closing date:

Entries can be submitted electronically to Thomas Kennedy, Public Information and Engagement Manager, or in typescript, indicating the target publication/audience (e.g. local newspaper) 1 May each year.

Previous Morris Markowe prize winners:

2018 Winner - Dr Lydia Jones: "Can yoghurt treat depression? Exploring the mysterious link between our bowels and our brains."

  • 2017 - Dr Ahmed Hankir: "Fighting My Demons: Prince Harry and Mental Health Stigma"
  • 2016 - Dr Farhana Mann:"Listen to the Lonely"
  • 2015 - Dr Rebecca Lawrence:"What's in a name?"
  • 2014 - Dr Alex Langford: "Why mental health bed cuts make me ashamed of the NHS"
  • 2013 - Dr Clementine Maddock:"Hogarth Revisited"
  • 2012 - Dr Claire Polkinghorn:"Doctors go mad too"
  • 2011 - Dr Val Yeung:"Dispelling Dyslexia with Omega-3: Fishy or For Real?"
  • 2010 - Dr Kamran Ahmed:"Beards and Bow Ties: The Recruitment Crisis in Psychiatry"
  • 2009 - Dr Ashley McKimm: "Making Crystal Clear: The Myth of Methamphetamine"
  • 2008 - Dr Gillian Doody: "Dying for a fag: whose choice is it anyway?"
  • 2007 - Dr Julius Bourke: "God opens the floodgates in our brains"
  • 2006 - Dr Alex Shand: "Trust me I’m a junior doctor"
  • 2005 - Dr Raj Persaud: “Who needs their head examined?”
  • 2004 - Prize not awarded
  • 2003 - Prize not awarded
  • 2002 - Dr James MacCabe: "Psychiatric wards: breaking the cycle of decay"
  • 2001 - Dr Bhargavi Chatterjea Bhattacharyya: "When your child asks for moon"
  • 2000 - Prize not awarded
  • 1999 - Dr Robert Clafferty: “Alzheimer’s Disease – should patients be told their diagnosis?"
  • 1998 - Dr Jonathan D Chick: “Medical students and alcohol: many students drink, but what if there are problems?”
  • 1997 - Dr Maureen Johnston: “What’s the point” (article on suicide in young people)
  • 1996 - Prize not awarded
  • 1995 - Prize not awarded
  • 1994 - Dr Peter M Haddad: "Post natal depression: why getting help is important"
  • 1993 - Prize not awarded
  • 1992 - Dr Ros Ramsay: “The trauma of psychosis: a personal disaster”
  • 1991 - Dr Clare Hilton: “Alcohol in the elderly – a neglected problem”
  • 1990 - Dr Paul Harrison: “Searching for the cause of Alzheimer’s disease”

Our roll of honour is a list of all College Officers from 1971 and Prize, Fellowship, Award and Medal winners.

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